Kevin Biggar - SAMAC Engineering

Kevin has over 36 years of experience in civil, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. He graduated in 1979 in Civil Engineering from Royal Military College, and served in the Canadian Military Engineers through 1995. He obtained his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 1991, and served as a professor at RMC from 1991 – 1995, and at the U of A from 1996-2007. He worked as a principal consultant with BGC Engineering from 2007-2015. He has gained experience in infrastructure management, permafrost and cold regions engineering, geotechnical design and analysis, geoenvironmental engineering including contaminated sites, mine wastes, and applications of horizontal directional drilling, and risk assessment and management. He has published more than 40 journal papers, 100 conference papers, 8 book and conference proceeding contributions, as well as, supervised over 42 Doctorate and Masters students’ research. He has taught numerous graduate and industrial courses related to permafrost, geo-environmental, and geotechnical engineering, and mine waste management.

Background – I was born in Calgary, but left after high school on a 20-year adventure with the Canadian Military. During that time, I’ve worked from coast to coast to coast, and moved many times. In 1996, we settled our family in St Albert, AB, though my parents and siblings still reside in Calgary. My first trip to the Arctic was in 1981, living in a tent on the pack ice in the winter, and I return there on project work as often as possible. I’ve worked on many mine sites and construction sites, and investigated many contaminated sites (in the Arctic and more temperature locations). My passions are fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking and travelling the world, with friends and family.